“Today and every day, we must stand united against anti-Muslim hatred and all forms of bigotry,” Guterres said in his statement while visiting Islamic Cultural Center of New York.
The visit was made one week after the deadly terrorist attack in two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.
At least 49 people have been killed so far, and 50 seriously injured, after gunmen opened fire at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday when hundreds of Muslims had gathered to say their prayers.
“The horrific terror attack in Christchurch took place exactly one week ago. Our hearts remain heavy with grief and sympathy for the families of the victims,” the statement reads.
Guterres sympathized with victims of the sad occasion, saying “over the last few days, we have learned more about those victims and their stories.”
He added “We have read about people like Haji-Daoud, Husna, Naeem, Hussain and other heroes and heroines who lost their lives saving others.”
“The attack was utterly appalling — and yet, as many have noted, perhaps not utterly surprising,” he noted.